[The following is a guest post by Illuminaticatblog and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pumpkin Person]

Some say intelligence cannot be measured because all we can know are the behaviors people do and not what is actually happening. So intelligence is just a word or label.

The concept of in-telling is the fact that we tell ourselves what is happening. We understand, we know and we confirm this to ourselves. But what do we know? It is about what we have as an inclination to associate one thing with another. To group and to divide. This is abstract and concrete. It is in relation to ourselves and things with other things. “(Patterns)” in perception and decisions.

Calling intelligence only abstract means that behaviors, as assumed to correlate with a general factor, and this (g), is what opponents of intelligence call a reification. Making an idea a real thing which is just an abstraction. But where do behaviors come from? First, we have a goal in mind for what it is we are doing. And what we do is in accordance with how we think things work.

If we can figure out how best to achieve a goal we do that approach. But it is the case that we must self-monitor what we do to fix mistakes. If we fail we must understand why and try again. IQ tests have only one right answer. But in life what we do either works or does not work and there are many ways to do things.

A procedure is a specific way of completing a task under given circumstances. It’s called rote memorization. It is what in the economy we are trained for so as to get things done. But being able to memorize a task is not the full picture of intelligence. What needs to be done is to come up with procedures for things that have not been done yet. This is where experimentation comes in. We find out how all the little steps work and then combine them into the big view to get to the goal. We then evaluate the big procedure to tell us what is the best way.

The best way to do something is not always apparent and that is why we have the concept of multiple intelligence. But this is just a way of categorizing skillsets. It is not the main skillset producer. People become specialized in what they do solving problems in certain areas. But whether someone gets good is a matter of the central coordinator that amalgamates patterns to do tasks. This means certain people can learn to do many skills instead of a few.

In short: We combine patterns to do big tasks. People can combine many things more than others but then it is about the goal they choose that matters. This evaluation is separate from what they are capable of doing in full. Because multiple ways of doing things exist. But sometimes the way to get something done requires understanding the situation and executing a plan.

So behavior is not reification it is task specific. What is the goal? Did I do it? What went wrong? This is in effect about big vs little goals. Task-specific goals only measure one’s coordination at a small scale. On a big scale, we combine tasks. Which takes a new coordination effort. David defeated Goliath with a single stone.

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